Fish Talk

Horsethief Reservoir Kids Ice Fishing Event 2015

Last weekend, the third annual Horsethief Reservoir Kids Ice Fishing Event was held.  This is a great way to introduce your kids to the sport of ice fishing and get out of your house in January.  Here are some of the statistics for the event:

-450-500 in attendance
-200 fish cleaned (most of those cooked)
-500 cups of cocoa served
-400 hotdogs, chips, waters served
-200 rods, 100 ice skimmers, 225 platt buckets, and a ton of lures and bait given away to kids.
- A mess of duck calls and hats given to each kid who caught a fish.

Visit the Regional Facebook Page to view the pictures and mark your calendar for the second weekend in 2016 for next year's event!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.827968213965306.1073741831.221120101316790&type=1

 

Cascade Reservoir Ice Fishing Conditions and Report 1/16/15

This week’s ice conditions have improved greatly since the previous week.  On the North end of lake(Boulder Creek, Poison Creek) there was a consistent 5-7” of ice extending out a few hundred yards from shore.  There are reports that ice on the South End(Sugarloaf, City Boat Ramp) is also in the 4-6” range.  With cold temperatures that ice depth should increase.  Angling pressure on both ends of the lake over the last week was fairly low with a majority of the pressure occurring over the weekend.  The most pressure was found on the north end of the lake, due in large to better ice conditions.  There was very little effort seen on the south end of the lake over the weekend.  Fishing success varied amongst groups of anglers but the majority of people were encountering tough fishing.  The majority of fish being caught were small (4-6”) with a few bigger fish being found.  There have been reports of some nice perch being caught, although this has not been reflected in the creel data gathered.  Hopefully as more people start fishing the success will pick up.

2015 Spring & Summer Chinook Salmon Return Estimates

Get your salmon fishing pole tuned-up and your boat ready to hit the water. Biologists have made their preseason forecasts for the 2015 Chinook salmon returns to Idaho.

Early indications show more adult Chinook salmon returning in 2015 than we saw in 2014 - which ranks as one of the best Chinook fishing seasons in years.

Steelhead Fishing on the Clearwater River - December 2014

The CORP of Engineers will be doing some tests on Dworshak Dam on Dec 18 between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM. During these tests, they will fluctuate releases between 1,600 and 5,500 cfs. This will cause water levels in the North Fork Clearwater and main Clearwater rivers to fluctuate up to 1-foot per hour. After the testing, releases from Dworshak Dam will return to a normal operation of 1,600-cfs. If you plan to fish the Clearwater or North Fork on the 18th , please be aware of these operational changes.

 

By the way, fishing was excellent last weekend in the Clearwater River with average catch rates of 5 hrs/fish. I suspect that after the steelhead have a chance to settle back down after these flow changes that fishing will be good - maybe even better.

 

Good luck fishing and be safe.

Fall Steelhead - Oxbow Fish Hatchery

Ever wonder where the steelhead stocked in the Boise River originate and why they don't arrive until late fall? Check the following websites for the latest information on Snake River steelhead and the complex coordination that determines their destination.

http://www.ktvb.com/videos/news/features/2014/11/20/19313939/

and

http://magicvalley.com/lifestyles/recreation/hatchery-recaptures-build-steelhead-fishing-season/article_042b57e8-af32-5de6-bc93-dba8981972c9.html

 

 

 

Steelhead Coming to Boise River

For people living in Idaho's most populous areas, a quest for steelhead means traveling for several hours to the Salmon, Clearwater or Snake Rivers. When times are good, and there is a surplus of steelhead, anglers in Idaho's biggest city have steelhead delivered courtesy of Fish and Game tanker trucks.

On Thursday November 6, Fish and Game trucks will haul around 300 steelhead to Boise from Hells Canyon. These fish are part of a program funded by Idaho Power that compensates for steelhead lost in the Boise River drainage due to the Hells Canyon Hydroelectric Project.

Fisheries managers will release the steelhead into the Boise River at several traditional locations between Glenwood Bridge and Barber Park. Anglers planning to harvest steelhead must have a valid fishing license and steelhead permit. Any steelhead (defined as a rainbow trout longer than 20 inches with a clipped adipose fin) harvested on the Boise River must be recorded on the angler’s steelhead permit. The steelhead limit on the Boise River is three per day and nine in possession. Barbless hooks are not required on the Boise River.

Brownlee Reservoir Smallmouth Fishing

Fall is a fun time to fish local reservoirs.  A trip to Brownlee Reservoir last week brought fast and furious fishing on smallmouth bass and an occasional crappie.

The best color lures seemed to be green or brown.  Worms, jigs, and lures all seemed to work.  Cast in close to the bank and do a slow-jerk retrieval. Red/yellow top-water popers also worked well.

Most of the bass were 10 - 12".  Larger bass can be found in deeper water.

We also found a few small crappie.  Fish the rocky points in about 20' of water.

 

 

"Tigers" on the Loose in Boise

Before you panic, we're talking about tiger salamanders. Several people have recently sent photos or reported finding alien-like creatures in pool filters and damp locations throughout the City of Boise.  We also had a crayfish trapper in the Magic Valley surprised with a large "tiger" in his trap.

This Idaho native is a unique amphibian that can be found from low elevation streams to high mountain lakes. It spends most of its life underground and can grow to nearly a foot in length (very rare in Idaho).  They say, "Mother Nature has no ugly children."  Well, if that is indeed true, the "tiger" comes as close to ugly as you can get without stepping over the line.

So, when you're out fishing, roll a rock now and then and see if you can find a hiding tiger - salamander, that is.

Fall Chinook - Sept. Treat

Fall Chinook salmon are beginning to show-up in the fishery around Lewiston, Idaho. With record numbers crossing dams on the Lower Snake and Columbia Rivers; fishing can only get better.

Most anglers are using bait (herring, shrimp or eggs).